In recent weeks I have set up an online rowing session (using Row Pro software) for a time trial early on a Saturday morning. It has been good variety and having others to row with can be motivational and somehow makes you feel accountable to someone else! It is especially helpful if during the session there is another rower close to you in pace as it can push you on, and ‘keep you honest’.
Today was a 60 min training row where I was not after a PB (set in April – 17,768m, 1.41.3/500m), but wanted a tough training row of over 17,000m. When you know you are not after a PB, you don’t expect it to be as hard as it has previously when you have gone faster. That of course doesn’t take account of how you are feeling mentally and physically on any given day – compared to your best day and setting a PB.
So I set off at 1.45/500m which would comfortably hit my 17,000m target today. There was 5 other rowers in the field. I felt fine through half way, but strangely at 23 mins to go I wanted to HD (handle down) for the next 10 or so minutes. I can only put that down to a little boredom in the middle third of the TT and perhaps some ill effects of my on going chest issues. However I did carry on and hit target, but it is funny how your mind makes a comfortable row all of a sudden seem harder than you think it should. That ultimately leaves you feeling disappointed.
On reflection this will just go down as another training row where I will save my best for another day. Well done to the others, an hour can seem like a long time on a Erg!